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Understanding and reducing the spread of misinformation online

Authors: Gordon Pennycook, Ziv Epstein, Mohsen Mosleh, Antonio Arechar, Dean Eckles, David Rand Abstract The spread of false and misleading news on social media is of great societal concern. Why do people share such content, and what can be done about it? In a first survey experiment (N=1,015), we demonstrate a disconnect between accuracy judgments and sharing intentions: even though true headlines are rated as much more accurate than false

Students’ civic online reasoning: a national portrait

By Stanford History Education Group & Gibson Consulting Preferred Citation Breakstone, J., Smith, M., Wineburg, S., Rapaport, A., Carle, J., Garland, M., & Saavedra, A. (2019). Students’ civic online reasoning: A national portrait. Stanford History Education Group & Gibson Consulting. https://purl.stanford.edu/gf151tb4868 Collection Graduate School of Education Open Archive Access conditions Use and reproduction User agrees that, where applicable, content will not be used to identify or to otherwise infringe the

MEDIACY: A way to enrich media literacy

By Eva Berger, Robert K. Logan, Anat Ringel, Andrey Miroshnichenko, for Journal of Media Literacy Education Eva Berger, College of Management Academic StudiesFollowRobert K. Logan, University of TorontoFollowAnat Ringel, College of Management Academic StudiesFollowAndrey Miroshnichenko, York University Abstract We propose that the discipline or practice of media literacy defined as the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms can be enriched and made more

The Global Disinformation Order: 2019 Global inventory of organised social media manipulation

By Computational Propaganda Research Project Over the past three years, we have monitored the global organization of social media manipulation by governments and political parties. Our 2019 report analyses the trends of computational propaganda and the evolving tools, capacities, strategies, and resources. 1. Evidence of organized social media manipulation campaigns which have taken place in 70 countries, up from 48 countries in 2018 and 28 countries in 2017. In each

Russian Media in Germany: Independent Journalism or Political Instrument?

By Institute for Statecraft Contents Preface Information as a Weapon 2. The Russian Media: Instrument to Influence Politics and Society Abroad 3. The Russian Media Network in Germany 3.1. RT Deutsch and Ruptly TV 3.2. Rossiya Segodnya and Sputnik Deutschland 3.3. Special Weapons: Trolls and the Internet Research Agency 4. Elements of the Disinformation Campaign 4.1. Distortion of Facts and Fake News 4.2. Countering Criticism by Counter-Criticism 4.3. Stigmatisation of

Robotrolling 2019/3

By Dr. Rolf Fredheim, Belen Carrasco Rodriguez and John Gallagher, for NATO Stratcom Centre of Excellence Executive Summary In the period May—July 2019 bots accounted for 55% of all Russian-language messages on Twitter. This big increase in automated activity was largely driven by news-bots contributing to information effects around stories published by the Kremlin’s propaganda outlet, Sputnik. On VK, the bot presence also increased, and currently accounts for one quarter

Exploring Bosnia and Herzegovina’s disinformation hub

By Darko Brkan, for Power 3.0 Disinformation has never been more a part of the public discourse in the Balkans and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) than in recent years. However, knowledge of the methods, sources, motives, connections, actors, and other aspects of the disinformation landscape in BiH and the region is scarce, based mostly on anecdotes and some research about the country’s media scene. With this in mind, Raskrinkavanje.ba, an

Top Takes: Suspected Russian Intelligence Operation. Operators worked across platforms to spread lies and impersonate political figures

By @DFRLab A Russian-based information operation used fake accounts, forged documents, and dozens of online platforms to spread stories that attacked Western interests and unity. Its size and complexity indicated that it was conducted by a persistent, sophisticated, and well-resourced actor, possibly an intelligence operation. The operation shows online platforms’ ongoing vulnerability to disinformation campaigns. Far more than on Facebook, which exposed it, or Twitter, the operation maintained fake accounts

The “#Macron Leaks” operation: A post-mortem

By Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilme, fpr Atlantic Council Read the Publication (PDF) In the long list of electoral interference attempts in recent years, one case stands out: the 2017 French presidential election–because it failed. Its failure lies in the fact that the result of the election did not coincide with the aim of the attackers. This new report, “The #Macron Leaks Operation,” by Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer analyzes the coordinated attempt to

Journalists lack knowledge of social media and propaganda: the results of the Presidential election campaign monitoring were published

On May 20, 2019, the coalition of civic organizations “Ukrainian Commission on Journalism Ethics”, “Human Rights Platform”, “Ukrainian Media and Communications Institute”, and StopFake, with the support of Council of Europe projects, held a final press conference on the results of the independent monitoring of media coverage of the presidential race in Ukraine. Final report on the results of independent monitoring of media coverage of the presidential election campaign in

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